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H.J.Res. 53, from Rich Galen's Mullings

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  • Ray Holtorf
    Below I have cut up Rich Galen s email on an issue of critical importance. Email your Congressman and Senators (unless you are from California). I just did!
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2005
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      Below I have cut up Rich Galen's email on an issue of
      critical importance. Email your Congressman and
      Senators (unless you are from California). I just did!
      -Ray
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      US Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) represents the eastern
      half of the "thumb" of Michigan. And she has come up
      with a great idea: Changing the 14th Amendment to the
      US Constitution so that only citizens of the United
      States who can actually vote are counted for the
      purposes of Congressional apportionment.

      Rep. Miller's Amendment attaches to Section 2 which
      reads:
      Representatives shall be apportioned among the several
      States according to their respective numbers, counting
      the whole number of persons in each State, excluding
      Indians not taxed.

      The effect of this language is that every ten years
      the Bureau of the Census counts everyone in residing
      in the United States - legally or illegally. The
      Census bureau then dutifully reports on how many
      "persons" are living here and where they are living.

      They then decide, based upon this number how the 435
      Members of Congress get split up among the 50 states,
      apportioning them among the states.

      The problem arises because illegal aliens are
      "persons" for counting and apportionment purposes but,
      because they are in the US illegally, often find it
      inconvenient to cast votes in Federal elections.

      Ms. Miller's resolution would change Amendment 14,
      Section 2 to read:
      Representatives shall be apportioned among the several
      States according to their respective numbers, which
      shall be determined by counting the number of persons
      in each State who are citizens of the United States.

      As of last this writing there are 23 co-sponsors of
      the resolution - none from California. Why? If
      apportionment is based upon citizens rather than
      persons then California would lose six seats. Texas,
      Florida and New York would lose one each.

      Those nine Members of Congress would be re-distributed
      among the remaining states.

      Here's why this is important. According to the CNN
      website recounting the results of the 2004 elections,
      there were 331,868 votes cast in the election in
      Michigan's 10th District (which is the eastern half of
      the Michigan "thumb").

      Democrat Xavier Becerra won re-election in
      California's 31st District with only 110,411 votes.
      Why? Because there are so many illegal aliens in that
      portion of LA County who cannot vote.

      What that means is, the citizens in California 31
      have, effectively, three times the voting power as the
      citizens in Michigan 10.

      This does not appear to meet the "one person- [neƩ one
      man] one-vote rule.

      Constitutional Amendments - in this mode - need
      two-thirds votes in each House of Congress plus the
      approval of 38 state legislatures which is why
      Amendments are so relatively rare.

      This, however, is an idea with such clarity and power
      that it needs to be taken seriously and acted upon
      quickly.



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